This is a general review of the "Del' (which is how the locals lovingly refer to this historic resort). We have stayed at the Del many times over the years, and I now realize that I have never written a review for them!!! Well, that is unacceptable. So, let me make up for it now. The first time I stayed at the Del, about twelve years ago, I was single and carefree. Woo hoo! I was staying at the hotel for a wedding, and I thought, "this place has so much going on, what a blast!!!!" Cut to years later, when my boyfriend and I stayed at the hotel, and my new thought was along the lines of "this is the most romantic hotel I have ever seen." I stayed there again several years later when my mom was in town, and I thought, "this is such a great hotel to reconnect with family." Now, my "boyfriend" and I are married with two children, and when our family stays at the hotel, I say to myself, "this is the best family hotel in the entire world!" In other words, this hotel is perfect for EVERY occasion. It is so historically lovely that I don't even know where to begin. The Victorian building itself is my favorite. The rooms are all different from each other since it was not build in a cookie-cutter manner. The floors are charmingly "crooked" in the hallways (for lack of a better word), and the walls just ooze with history. Back when the hotel was built in the 1800's, people would come with their trunks and stay all summer. This means that the closets in the rooms are HUGE. When our children were babies, we would set up the pack n play in the closet (leaving the door open, of course!) and it was like we had an extra room! The rooms themselves are light and bright and airy, and the staff is impeccable. The hotel's restaurants are delicious (you really can't go wrong at any of them), or you can walk to any number of restaurants and cafe's in town which are equally as good. The hotel sits on Coronado Island, which is a little world unto itself. When we cross the massive bridge from downtown San Diego to Coronado Island, I always feel like I've entered another world. I've stepped out of the rat-race for a brief time. Anyway, back to the Del. The hotel also offers many extra-curricular activities. Of course, the world-famous white-sand beach out front is the show-stopper (and was just ranked the U.S.'s best beach this year by Dr. Beach, "America's Foremost Beach Expert" ), but there is also a very nice swimming pool, an on-site ice-cream shop, surrey rentals, and ice skating in the winter. They have plenty of kid activities, including family marshmallow roasts on the beach at night, and romantically-lit bars and restaurants for those who want nothing to do with kids! This truly is my favorite hotel, and I could write about it forever (did I mention the Hollywood history? "Some Like It Hot" with Marilyn Monroe was filmed here. Oh, and the Thanksgiving feast in one for the ages! Oh, oh, oh, and I can't forget to mention the lights at Christmas time -- pure magic!), but I guess I'll just leave it at that. If you decide to stay at the Del, you won't be disappointed. In fact, you'll probably come back again and again. Just like they did every summer over 100 years ago.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The legendary Hotel del Coronado is located on 28 oceanfront acres on Coronado Island. Built in 1888 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977, The Del continues to maintain its rich history while also offering contemporary conveniences such as unique beachfront dining, an award-winning spa, upscale shopping, recreational activities and the luxurious cottages and villas at Beach Village. The hotel's spectacular setting, impeccable service and award-winning cuisine also makes it the perfect setting for a fairytale wedding. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Resort Del Coronado
- Del Coronado